Full Name: Abhijeet Bhattacharya
Birth Place: Kanpur, India
Years Active: 1985-present
School: Passed tenth from Ram Krishna Mission Higher Secondary School, Kanpur
Passed twelfth from BNSD Inter College Chunni Ganj, Kanpur
Children: two sons Dhruv and Jai
Gifted with a melodious voice Abhijeet Bhattacharya born in a Bengali family in Kanpur. Abhijeet Bhattacharya is recognized only with his first name Abhiijeet. He is one of the finest playback singers of India. The singer has successfully lent his voice to many Bollywood biggies like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Shetty, Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor. He also has sung for Hrithik Roshan.
Along with successful playback singing, Abhijeet also had done pop singing. His first two pop albums Main Deewana Hoon and Tapori No. 1 were not commercially hit but the later ones Aashiqui and Tere Bina were appreciated by the audience. Some of the songs and video from the album are chartbusters.
Abhijeet won Filmfare Best Male Playback Award in 1997 for the song 'Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaon' from film Yes Boss. Abhijeet had given hit numbers in many movies like Baaghi, Sadak, Khiladi, Raja Babu, Yeh Dillagi, Yes Boss, Baadshah, Josh, Dhadkan, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na and many more.
But the journey to the playback singing was not easy for Abhijeet. Despite having a melodious voice, Abhijeet had to struggle lot to get a break as a singer. Abhijeet was opposed by his parents to select singing as his career. But Abhijeet went against his parents and moved to Mumbai to pursue career in singing.
After his high schooling, Abhijeet moved to Mumbai to receive degree in Chartered Accountancy. But he left it half a way for singing. Abhijeet struggled for a long time during his early career. Due to financial problems Abhijeet spent his early career life in small rooms. He returned to Kanpur many times, but every time his dream drawn him back to Mumbai.
Once when he was packing his bags to leave Mumbai he received a call from renowned music director Rahul Dev Burman (R. D. Burman) to sing in his film. It was Dev Anands son's debut film. For the film he sang with his childhood idol Kishore Kumar. The film was relief for his long time struggle but was not his breakthrough film. After a little relief he again started struggling to find work again. For some years Abhijeet kept himself busy singing the hits of Kishore Da.
The film which brought Abhijeet to the fame of playback singer was Baaghi in 1990. Music for the film was composed by Anand-Milind. The numbers from the film 'Chandni raat hai', 'Ek Chanchal Shokh hasina', and 'Har kasam se badi hai' went on to become first hits of Abhijeet. Then after Abhijeet went on to give hit numbers in films like Sadak, Khiladi, Raja Babu, Yeh Dillagi, Yes Boss, Baadshah, Josh, Dhadkan, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na and many more. Today the singer has more than 200 hit songs on his list.
Abhijeet won his first Filmfare Award as Best Male Playback for the song 'Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaon' from Yes Boss. The same year, Abhijeet also won the Best Singer Screen-Videocon Award for the song 'Chand taare' from Yes Boss. He was also honoured by the MTV Life Time Achievement Award in 2004. The singer also received the Uttar Pradesh Gaurav Samman award.
Abhijeet's voice suits best to the Bollywood actors Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Shetty, Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor. Recently he had sung for Hrithik Roshan also.
Abhijeet is married to Sumaati and blessed with two sons Dhruv and Jai.
Abhijeet caught into controversy due to his negative attitude towards Pakistani singers in Bollywood. Abhijeet blamed that the Pakistani singers are receiving love and honour from Bollywood, but there is lack of reciprocity from the Pakistani film industry. Abhijeet along with Gazal singer Jagjeet Singh requested the government to ban Pakistani singers in 2003. After few months he verbally attacked Pakistani singers Adnan Sami and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. But the controversy fetched nothing but a bag of controversies in return.
In July 2007, he again become a part of controversy when he physically attacked a film-employee Union leader, accusing him of being a "pimp of Pakistani singers". The issue was related to Abhijeet's alleged non-payment of dues to a lyricist.
Also recently he had given negative comments to singer Bappi Lahiri. Both the singers are judges for a singing talent shows which were running on different TV channels. The TV show in which Lahiri is a mentor includes some Pakistani contestants.
Non-Film Music (Pop Albums)